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9:45 AM ET, March 8, 2016


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Chicago Tribune:
Trump leads splintered Republican primary field in Illinois  —  Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a debate at on March 3, 2016, in Detroit.  —  Privacy Policy
David Brooks / New York Times:
It's Not Too Late!  —  It's 2 a.m. The bar is closing.  Republicans have had a series of strong and nasty Trump cocktails.  Suddenly Ted Cruz is beginning to look kind of attractive.  At least he's sort of predictable, and he doesn't talk about his sexual organs in presidential debates!
Discussion: NBC News
Patrick Reis / Politico:
Is Trump peaking?  We'll find out today  —  On Tuesday, Donald Trump will discover whether his weekend struggles were a speed bump — or the first signs of larger troubles ahead.  —  If the polls are to believed, Trump is in for a dominant day, with blowouts in Michigan and Mississippi to be complemented by another win in Idaho.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Trump leads GOP race nationally but with weaker hold on the party … The state of the 2016 race  —  Donald Trump continues to lead his rivals nationally in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, but his hold on the GOP electorate has weakened since the primary season began …
New York Times:
What We're Watching as 4 States Vote and Both Parties Court Michigan  —  Voters go to the polls in four states on Tuesday, with Michigan the biggest prize for both parties.  Donald J. Trump seeks to strengthen his position as the Republican front-runner, while his rivals look to slow his drive toward the nomination.
John Fund / National Review:
At Current Rate, Trump Might Not Get to 1,237 Delegates
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Some Rubio advisers say get out before Florida  —  Washington (CNN)A battle is being waged within Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign about whether he should even remain in the Republican presidential race ahead of his home state primary on March 15, sources say.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Graham: We should have kicked Trump out of the party
Discussion: New York Times
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz forces Rubio to defend turf
Discussion: Political Wire
Megan McArdle /
Trump Is Too Poor for a Third-Party Run
Michael R. Bloomberg /
The Risk I Will Not Take  —  Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.  —  Wage stagnation at home and our declining influence abroad have left Americans angry and frustrated.  And yet Washington, D.C., offers nothing but gridlock and partisan finger-pointing.
New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Says He Won't Run for President
Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as vulnerable, GOP elites now eye a contested convention … PARK CITY, Utah — The presentation is an 11th-hour rebuttal to the fatalism permeating the Republican establishment: Slide by slide, state by state, it calculates how Donald Trump could be denied the nomination.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump  —  Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post Senior Enterprise Editor, The Huffington Post Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Contested convention would be ‘pretty unfair’ … GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump  —  on Tuesday threw cold water on the possibility of Republicans holding a brokered convention in the event he does not lock up the necessary number of delegates to secure the nomination.
Discussion: Politico
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Top Tech Giants, GOP Elites, McConnell, Paul Ryan Meet at Secret Meeting on How to Stop Trump
Washington Post:
How Donald Trump is ruining Paul Ryan's speakership
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Fox News Forum May Signal Thaw Between Democrats and Network  —  DETROIT — Rebuffed yet again in coaxing Hillary Clinton onto Fox News, executives at the network had an outside-the-box idea last month that would have made primary debate history: a face-off between Senator Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Real Difference Between Hillary and Bernie
Caitlin Dickson / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders go down to the wire in Michigan
Discussion: CBS News and Politico
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump cracks down on protesters  —  CONCORD, N.C. — Donald Trump's rally here began with the candidate asking all attendees to raise their hands and take an oath to vote for him, while extended barriers cordoned off the press and plainclothes private intelligence officers scoured the crowd for protestors.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Probe into Secret Service-photographer altercation at Trump rally
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Samantha Bee Eulogizes The GOP  —  Samantha Bee was brutal in her eulogy for the now-dead Grand Old Party tonight, noting that they just now “realized Trump is doing to GOP what his @sshole son does to real elephants.”  —  And she did not spare Mitt Romney, either, reminding …
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Donald Trump falsely claims he “employs many people” at Honolulu hotel  —  Donald Trump on Monday asked the people of Hawaii to vote for him in the March 8 GOP caucuses - claiming he “employs many people” at his Honolulu hotel.
Discussion: National Review
Clifford Ward / Chicago Tribune:
Schaumburg woman ‘stopped for driving with a large tree embedded in the front grille’  —  Police dashcam video: Woman stopped with tree embedded in car front.  Mar. 7, 2016.  (Roselle Police Department)  —  The Roselle police report may not have captured all the color of the incident.
Discussion: Fox 59 and Mashable
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Donald Trump's 47 Percent Moment
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Naked Woman Seen Dancing Atop 18-Wheeler Following Crash on Houston Highway
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
27 giant profitable companies paid no taxes
Discussion: U.S. Uncut and Infowars